Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily towards men?

posted May 18th, 2012 by Janet Graham - 3 Comments

I have received a number of emails in response to the question “Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily toward men?” and to the posts written by Patti Croft,  Linda Hohol, Vincenza Sera and Dr. Nancy McInerney-Lacombe answering the question.


I have decided to post some of these email responses with the permission of their writers. In all cases, I will do so without identifying the writer.


I would love to hear your comments on this post.  Please share them in the Comments section below.


“The short answer is ‘Because they can.’  When the issue of promoting women into senior management positions was raised in the early 90’s, boards balked then at the “gate” of targets/measurements and formal programs. Collectively and regrettably , as a corporate and national consequence, there has never been a managed and measured requirement to actively seek and promote/appoint capable women. 20 years has passed and Norway (through quotas) has achieved a 40% ratio of female to male board appointees (with other Nordic countries close behind). It makes Canada’s achievement of 13% rather insignificant. Will matters change now that the Tories have announced an initiative to improve these statistics? Without an overarching commitment and stated goals towards balance over the next 5 years, we will likely still be having this conversation in 2017 and Canada will be the poorer for it.”
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3 Responses to “Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily towards men?”

Comment from brenda webster
Time May 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily towards women?

That title certainly made me sit up and pay attention!

Thank you for this blog, and for forging the way for others by being a female board member!

Comment from Nancy McInerney-Lacombe
Time May 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Great comment !

Janet Graham

Comment from Janet Graham
Time May 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thanks, Brenda!!

It was a typo but I am glad it got your attention!!

And thank you for your wonderful compliment!!

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